When I first met Ram Ram Januar at his home in Bandung, Indonesia he told me that he started his custom workshop, White Collar Bike, after making a bet with his wife. The pair challenged one another to launch a new business and see whose brand could gain the most international attention and success. His wife worked in textiles and started a fashion label, Ram, a product designer, started a custom motorcycle workshop. Unfortunately, I don’t know who ended up […]
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Once I first met Ram Ram Januar at his dwelling in Bandung, Indonesia he informed me that he began his customized workshop,, after betting together with his spouse. The pair challenged each other to launch a brand new enterprise and see whose model may acquire probably the most worldwide consideration and success. His spouse labored in textiles and began a trend label, Ram, a product designer, began a customized motorbike workshop. Sadly, I don’t know who ended up profitable that wager, however I do know that Ram turned what was basically a passion into an extremely proficient and wildly artistic workshop.
White Collar Bike solely builds solely a handful of bikes annually. Some are design workout routines that use customized bodywork to remodel the looks of an ordinary motorbike. Some characteristic one-off CNC machined parts and retrofit efficiency elements. However each infrequently he takes issues to the following stage. This bike is an instance of precisely that.
The bike, which Ram has deemed and badged as”Bean’s” (after the proprietor’s espresso store), is a ground-up construct that began with nothing greater than an engine.
“I consider the engine was sourced from Craig’s Checklist or eBay,” says Ram. “It got here from a wrecked 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan 650. It was the right donor as a result of it’s a small engine and really mild. It’s the right dimension for a small cafe racer and for an Indonesian rider. We’re not tall guys!”
In normal guise, the Vulcan 650 is a Harley-esque cruiser. Nevertheless, fairly than operating a Harley model v-twin setup, the Vulcan’s 649cc powerplant is organized in a parallel configuration. Though, as Ram defined, the engine alternative got here down purely to dimension, the orientation of this engine additionally made it extra conducive to the model of motorcycle Ram got down to construct.
Ram’s design course of begins with preliminary sketches. With this bike, as a result of there wasn’t a chassis to work on, he additionally made clay and 3D fashions to get the proportions proper. His objective was to create a very distinctive White Collar sports activities bike shod is his workshop’s trademark aluminium bodywork and dripping with high-end efficiency elements.
Fortunately discovering the suitable elements was a reasonably easy course of. A detailed buddy of Ram’s, who has a warehouse stuffed with parts, equipped most of the elements used to piece the Bean’s bike collectively.
Beginning with the entrance finish suspension, it’s anset-up that was salvaged from a Ducati Panigale. Within the rear is an 848 single-sided swingarm supported by an Ohlins monoshock. As for stopping energy, that comes through a complete Brembo system that was once more sourced from a Ducati. Bean’s additionally rolls on a set of aftermarket wheels by Kineo however past these elements, most all the pieces else has been constructed by Whereas Collar Bike from scratch.
To deliver the suspension and engine collectively Ram designed a one-off chassis. With the engine appearing as a pressured member the primary chassis is comprised of 8mm metal plate. Ram lower the person items utilizing a plasma cutter earlier than welding them collectively to kind a single inflexible construction. To assist the tail he then constructed a separate subframe that utilises a trellis design.
The bodywork of this distinctive bike is totally bespoke. Ram says the concept to construct a motorcycle with this look has been forming in his head since 2017. The design wasn’t influenced by something apart from his personal creativeness though he does confess the paintwork has an air of Kawasaki ZX-10RR about it.
“I’m utilizing 3mm aluminium sheet which is rolled on an English Wheel and beat the hell out of it utilizing picket and rubber hammers,” jokes Ram. The aggressive angular traces and stage bone line give ‘Bean’s’ the look of a contemporary race bike. To again up this look Ram needed the bike to carry out. One option to obtain that with a small engine was to maintain the burden down, which is the place aluminium excels. Ram has additionally used a spattering of customized made carbon fibre inserts to tighten up the match and end.
The lighting is one other distinctive side of this venture. Recessed into the entrance fairing is an LED headlight and the flip alerts are flush mounted to the bodywork. It’s the taillight that’s an actual stand out although. Operating down the centre of the tail unit are two 30mm items of stable acrylic. These have been formed by hand to kind an integral a part of the unit and are lit up by an array of LEDs hidden beneath.
As a result of bike’s small proportions managing the remainder of the electrics proved difficult. Obtainable actual property for parts was exhausting to seek out so Ram needed to be artistic. One such problem was the place to find the battery which has ended up contained in the entrance fairing. Apowers the motorbike and can be hidden from sight with the remaining electrical parts beneath the carbon fibre panels on the perimeters of the fairing.
The area challenges didn’t finish with the wiring. Ram additionally needed to design his personal cooling system for the Vulcan powerplant. For this, he put collectively a customized aluminium radiator that’s tucked in between the fork legs and engine, however housing its coolant required some extra artistic considering.
Situated beneath the engine and simply in entrance of the rear wheel is an airscoop. Shut inspection reveals a few hoses that run into the construction. Inside that compartment is the coolant reservoir. Filling the reservoir is completed through a cap on the left of the tank and it holds exactly sufficient fluid to carry out its process appropriately.
Though the engine used on this venture might not be probably the most spirited motor round, Ram hasn’t ignored its efficiency. The 649cc motor used within the Vulcan produces 60hp. The identical engine was initially discovered within the Kawasaki ER-6N the place it was outputting a way more respectable 71hp. So Ram knew extra energy was obtainable, it was only a matter of unlocking it.
To do that he took on the arduous process of changing the engine from an injection setup to carburettors. After shelling out with the Efi system and all of its related digital gadgetry, he and his workforce retrofit a pair of flat slide racing carburettors to the engine utilizing customized intakes. With extra air and gas getting into the equation the ability determine was headed in the suitable course however to finish the mods the engine needed to exhale freely too. The two headers of the ensuing chrome steel system converge below the engine. They then coil round contained in the stomach pan to realize the specified size earlier than exiting on the suitable by means of a single SC-Venture muffler.
Not surprisingly this in depth construct didn’t come collectively in a single day. Ram says the engine was first bought 5 years in the past and the construct has been going for at the very least 3. Clearly, we have been all within the throes of a worldwide pandemic throughout that point too which undoubtedly didn’t make issues any simpler.
The Bean’s bike is yet one more instance of whyis one in all my favorite workshops from the Emerald of the Equator. Now that the bike is completed it’ll be making its option to the USA the place its proprietor is certain to place it on show at his cafe. I can’t consider a greater cause to go seize a espresso.